Navigation Links
Almost 7 million pregnant in sub-Saharan Africa infected with hookworms; at risk of anaemia
Date:9/17/2008

A study published today in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases reveals that between a quarter and a third of pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa, or almost 7 million, are infected with hookworms and at increased risk of developing anaemia.

Hookworms are parasitic worms which live in the intestine and can cause anaemia (lower than normal number of red blood cells in the blood). Their importance in causing anaemia during pregnancy has been poorly understood, and this has hampered effective lobbying for the inclusion of deworming drugs in maternal health care packages.

The study was conducted by Simon Brooker (a Reader at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a Wellcome Trust Career Development fellow currently based at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Collaborative Programme, Nairobi), together with Peter Hotez (George Washington University and Sabin Vaccine Institute, United States) and Donald Bundy (The World Bank, United States).

By carrying out a systematic search of medical databases, reference lists, and unpublished data, the team was able to compare levels of haemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying part of red blood cells) according to the intensity of hookworm infection among the women studied. They found that increasing intensity of infection was associated with lower levels of haemoglobin. The authors estimate that 37.7 million women of reproductive age and 6.9 million pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa were infected with hookworm in 2005, and were therefore at risk of anaemia.

"Most of the studies we identified showed that hookworm was associated with maternal anaemia," says Brooker, "and that there are clear benefits of deworming for both maternal and child health." He adds, "In many developing countries it is policy that pregnant women receive deworming treatment, but in practice coverage rates are often unacceptably low. Therefore, we encourage that efforts are made to increase coverage of deworming among pregnant women in Africa."


'/>"/>

Contact: Mary Kohut
Press@plos.org
415-568-3457
Public Library of Science
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Genetics reveals big fish that almost got away
2. SinuNase Phase 3 show almost 100 percent of chronic sinusitis cases are from fungal-induced inflamma
3. CCNY receives $5 million NSF grant to establish center for nanostructure applications
4. Burnham researcher awarded $8 million grant
5. NIEHS invests $21.25 million to find environmental causes of Parkinsons disease
6. Cornell gets $10 million NSF grant to establish new sustainability institute
7. NYU, American Museum of Natural History receive $1.6 million NSF grant
8. Clear(R) Secures $44.4 Million in Venture Funding
9. UGA gets $2.5 million in grants to study plants to make biofuels
10. LSUHSCs Lazartigues awarded $1.2 million grant
11. Caltech scientists awarded $20 million to Power the Planet
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/23/2016)... WAKEFIELD, Massachusetts , March 23, 2016 ... kombiniert im Interesse erhöhter Sicherheit Gesichts- und ... Xura, Inc. (NASDAQ: MESG ... heute bekannt, dass das Unternehmen mit SpeechPro ... insbesondere aus der Finanzdienstleistungsbranche, wird die Möglichkeit ...
(Date:3/22/2016)... PROVO and SANDY, ... Screening Ontario (NSO), which operates the highest sample volume ... testing, and Tute Genomics and UNIConnect, leaders in clinical ... today announced the launch of a project to establish ... testing panel. NSO has been contracted ...
(Date:3/18/2016)... , March 18, 2016 ... Suppliers of Biometrics, ICT, Manned & Unmanned Vehicles, Physical infrastructure ... & security companies in the border security market and the ... and Europe has led visiongain ... companies improved success. --> defence & security ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... ... Lady had been battling arthritis since the age of two and at ... owner Hannah sought the help of Dr Jeff Christiansen of Superior Veterinary Surgical ... and help with the pain of Lady’s arthritis. Dr Christiansen suggested that in conjunction ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Last week, Callan Capital, an ... and entrepreneurs, held The Future of San Diego Life Science event at the Estancia ... science community attended the event with speakers Dr. Rich Heyman, former CEO of Aragon ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZBH), a global ... Directors has approved the payment of a quarterly cash dividend ... The cash dividend of $0.24 per share will be ... record as of the close of business on June 24, ... the Board of Directors and may be adjusted as business ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... ... May 23, 2016 , ... ... molecular nanotechnology, announced the winners for the 2015 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes. ... given in two categories, one for experiment and the other for theory in ...
Breaking Biology Technology: